In Hutto, Texas on August 8, 2017, a murder suspect was caught after fleeing in his victim’s car and losing control during a police chase.
The suspect had tried to escape by car from the cops chasing him but an alert police supervisor nearby helped in the capture by using spike strips. The device successfully stopped the suspect’s vehicle. However, the but caused it to crash into two other cars in a parking lot.
However, the spikes caused him to crash into two other cars in the parking lot of the Christian Brothers Automobile shop at 580 U.S. Highway 79.
The murder suspect in question is a 19-year-old male named Keith Lane Hawkins. His supposed victims are Alyssa Runyon, 24, and her 4-year-old daughter, Zaylynn Paz of Newton, Kansas.
Authorities determined that Runyon was strangled to death and Paz suffered multiple stab wounds. They were discovered by the mother’s ex-boyfriend who went to check on her after she did not answer the phone.
Hawkins allegedly stole Runyon’s car and used it to drive to one of his family member’s home when police found him. He gave chase, which ended in his arrest.
Referring to the murder suspect, the Newton Police Chief Eric Murphy said, “He has been arrested before and is known to us.”
There are no reports that Hawkins sustained any injuries from the crash. Charges against the murder suspect have not yet been released.
Written by Brielle R. Buford
Edited by Cathy Milne
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